Monthly Archives: July 2012

Study: NSAIDs, aspirin, and acetaminophen may all reduce risk for certain skin cancers

A big new study says common pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can cut the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.

On NBC Nightly News, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman, MD, explained, “In a Danish study published in ‘Cancer,’ over 18,000 people who took these drugs for several years had decreased cancer rates of malignant melanoma.”

Investigators found that people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) “were less likely to develop skin cancer – including squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma – especially when they took the drugs for at least seven years or used them at least twice a week,” the Time “Healthland” blog reports. Continue reading

FDA warns of fake version of ADHD medication

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Food and Drug Administration is warning that a fake version of Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts) is being sold on the Internet.

The AP reports that the agency “says the product purports to be 30-milligram Adderall tablets, but it does not contain the right ingredients. The pills contain the pain drugs tramadol and acetaminophen instead.”

The Boston Globe reports that the agency, in a media statement, said, “Consumers should be extra cautious when buying their medicines from online sources.” According to the FDA, “Rogue websites and distributors may especially target medicines in short supply for counterfeiting.” Continue reading

Malpractice cases take years to resolve, though nearly all favor the physician

Reuters reports on a study of 10,000 medical malpractice claims during the years 2002-2005 published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found that a little over half (55 percent) result in lawsuits. Of those, over half are dismissed; most of the remaining are resolved before a verdict, with under five percent resulting in a trial verdict. Continue reading

Diabetes, prediabetes skyrocketing in US teens

A new study shows type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes have skyrocketed among adolescents.

USA Today reports, “Diabetes and pre-diabetes have skyrocketed among the nation’s young people, jumping from 9% of the adolescent population in 2000 to 23% in 2008,” according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

For the study, researchers “examined health data on about 3,400 adolescents ages 12 to 19 from 1999 through 2008. They participated in the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.”

The study authors “found little significant change in the last decade for teen rates of hypertension or abnormal cholesterol,” the Washington Post “On Parenting” blog reports. “There was also little change in the percentage of overweight and obese teens, but at 34 percent that figure remains troubling.”

However, “it was the spike in diabetes and prediabetes that stood out. The analysis shows a steady uptick in the percentages with the conditions since 1999.”

The Time “Healthland” blog points out, “While heart attacks and strokes typically don’t occur until adulthood, CDC researchers found that in many cases, the 3,400 teens studied had an alarming number of cardiovascular risk factors. Most unnerving was the conclusion that 37% of normal-weight teens had at least one risk factor.” Continue reading